SideKick Extra Pale Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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SideKick Extra Pale AleSideKick Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better pale ales I've had; Two Brothers is fairly reliable when it comes to all of their styles, though Domaine Dupage still takes the cake fro my personal favorite.

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Photo of jawlessbody
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow topped off by a fluffy white head that was about 4 fingers thick. Very appealing.

Smell: Very citrusy on the nose, but with a grassy tingle from the hops.

Taste: Not the best pale ale I've had, that's for sure. The malts were a bit to front and center for my tastes and very grainy. There was only a slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue from the hops that followed the grassiness of the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit too fizzy. Kind of tingly and acidic and just a tad dry. Not that great.

Overall: Probably not going to be my go to choice for pale ales. It was just a bit too fizzy and grassy for me. There wasn't the complexity of the citrus that was on the nose, and the malts were just too overpowering.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Chicago. Very pale straw colored body. Very fruity beer. Almost had maybe a raspberry taste too it. Could be passion fruit? Either way, it wasn't really my thing, but was still a solid beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This can comes my way courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of that can, despite no aggitation, making a little bit of a mess. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell was kind of mild, some hops detected. Taste is mild hops, some bitterness, a little light and bland for the style, not a lot going on. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky crystal malt seems underattenuated, while hops qualities are bright and enriched with assertive but simplistic grapefruit peel.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with bright but pithy lemon and grapefruit peel. American ale yeast is clean but still poses a presence into the middle where malt becomes soft and too refined, like powdered sugar aggressively cut with cornstarch. The finish is mildly bitter, with a green herbaceous influence.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: More of an aggressively-hopped blond ale than a pale ale, this beer does not truly botch the application of Galaxy hops (as such a large proportion of commercial beers seem to) although it's use of them is not without reservations. Malt seems to get in the way of the hops, seeming too chewy and at times underattenuated for the appearance. It is a wholehearted improvement over the last canned beer this reviewer encountered from Two Brothers--Outlaw--but it still isn't their best work.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hits the glass a fairly light golden in color with a small to medium, frothy head. Retention is great and lacing is pretty good as well. The body of the beer is pretty clear and light in color for the style. The scent is pretty straight forward with medium to strong, resinous pine notes being dominant.

This beer hits the tongue with the same, hop-forward flavor as the scent, except a bit weaker. Hops hit first and preside over most of the drink. The profile is mostly piney, just like the scent. In the middle of the drink there is just a touch of citrus mingling in. The body of the beer is extremely carbonated and fairly light in body. Rather thin and light on the tongue, this drinks almost as light as a pils.

Overall, this beer isn't bad for a lighter pale ale, but it is very light in body. The hops bitterness is well represented in the scent and flavor, but nothing special.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: mostly floral; a hint of malt in the background;

T: almost no flavor up front; never really pops; what's there is pretty nondescript; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not much to the flavor;

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Photo of garymuchow
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Swirl by 10/30/13" So plenty fresh
Nice and pleasant soft malt aroma with sweet fruitiness but also a doughy malt character.
Extra pale certainly describes the appearance with a Am lager look in body and the very white head. Mostly clear.
Stream of hops start to finish with hop flavor immediately that swells some in the middle as the bitterness kicks in and lingers through a moderate lengthed finish. Hops does push t o excess with a off-putting hop oil taste-seems to not let up either. Pale malt with little specialty grain flavor to pick up.
Light body, but not too thin. At a drinkable level and refreshing.
Certainly a summer feel to this beer. Soft, light and drinkable. I'd like more of the good hop flavors and less of the distasteful.
This is fine, but this brewery has done better.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale, of course, brass and hay color. Great thick, craggy head that leaves a thick layer of foam on top and on the glass. Tiny, sluggish bubbles slowly make there way to the top of the brew.

There's a mix of tropical fruits and citrus in the aroma. Maybe some pilsner malts and crackers underneath the astringent smelling hops.

Citric, passion fruit hop bitterness from the start. The malts add a small, crackery sweetness to the middle. The finish is an oddly tinny bitterness. The resiny citric palate and bitterness lingers long after each sip.

Bitter from start to finish. Not a bad beer by any means, just not sessionable one for me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Spiegelau ipa glass.can. BEST BY 07.19.14. CONSUMED 07.06.15.

A: Dense, hazy, tangerine orange is turbid, with a milky white head that was thin, frothy, and of short duration. Slow rise of micro-effervesce. Good film stickage on the vessel.

S: Soft grapefruit-orange aroma. The passion fruit aroma is still very evident even a year in passing, sweet guana, fruity kiwi-strawberry hints. Fresh grapefruit juice finish, some persistence.

T: Flavor was sticky sweet grapefruit hop resins, sticky orange and tropical fruit. Moderate hopping levels considering again time frame but still very much respectable per style. Sweet juicy grapefruit-orange and mango, juicy citrus with a touch of starfruit. Lingering tart grapefruit pulp at knockout against a pale malt backing makes this stand out.

M: Light bodied, tart grapefruit warmth and small carbonation presence.

O: Would like to sample this fresh, again drawing attention to the year past best by date (i really have to start paying closer attention to labels) this hardly seemed affected flavor wise, tart and juicy hops were as noticeable as ever, the nose I felt may have fell victim a bit strength wise, but still maintained enough appreciation complexity wise.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with bottom of the can telling me to 'swirl by 07/06/2013'. Just recently revisited the Two Brothers Outlaw IPA, their other canned beer, and excited to try this newer canned offering! Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of frothy white head with some tightly packed bubble action. Murky lemon colored body. Very attractive fluffy lacing.

S - Juicy citrus and passion fruit hops, like the can describes. Some toasty biscuit malt presence. Not a very powerful aroma, but hits it's mark.

T - Light, crisp, citrus hop presence. The level of hoppiness is exactly where it wants to be. Juicy and fruity, yet no real hop spice or bitterness. Some fruity apple / pear like taste. A perfect sipping beer for one of those hot days.

M - Feel is clean, crisp, hoppy, fruity, and light. Slight hop resins linger.

Overall, the drinkability is high with this one. A perfect summer sipping beer, one that came along just at the right time. Not a complex or intense beer by any means, but perfect carbonation, perfect balance of hops and malts, and a very moderate sessionable 5.10% abv make this beer a winner.

Two Brothers SideKick Extra Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip; swirl-by date of 1-30-14. Clear, light yellow body with about a one finger, dense, white head. Decent retention and light lacing.

Light aroma of citrus hops, mostly lemon. Some additional light notes of caramel malt in the background.

The taste follows the aroma fairly closely. Zesty lemon hop flavors blend with a bready malt base. Some other light citrus notes, noticeably tangerine, blend in as well.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Easy drinking APA that lands in the nice lawnmower beer category for me. Solid summer offering, but will not be a regular for me.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/11/15

Pours very light gold, almost straw yellow color. One finger white head. Crystal clear.

Smell is cracker malt with a little floral hops. Smell is more malty than hoppy.

Taste is a slight tinge of citrus overshadowed by the bready malt. almost carries a graham cracker taste with some sweetness. Just enough hops to balance. The flavor hits the APA style pretty good but it's all held back a bit.

Feel is very thin and light. I noticed this more than the flavor on the first sip. Finish is very clean and semi-dry.

A pretty good representation of an APA but this one falls a bit short on the feel for me. Otherwise, pretty good.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. The body is straw yellow with a thick fizzy head. The aroma has a citrus smell to it. The taste has a citrus hop forward flavor, this flavor is grapefruit and tropical. The mouthfeel is smooth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good session beer.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to my boi out in Bartlet, Chicago for this nice throw in.

Looks like piss, but smells like a sack of my roommate's bubble kush. Now, Raul does not indulge in the sticky, but for this sweet sticky... Yep! Kind of like the .99 Green Burrito at Del taco; I do it over and over again, but it isn't Raul's first option.


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Photo of portia99
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of Grfilwett as a great extra in a recent trade. Poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - When they say extra pale...they mean extra pale. Pours an almost Bud Light pale golden color in the glass with excellent clarity and capped by a short finger of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky, webby lacing is left on the glass.

S - Hops are very tropical fruity in aroma with a side dose of citrus - pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Really thick in hop aroma. Barely any malt makes it past the hops. Only a light earthy and somewhat dry and biscuit malt peeks thru.

T - Slightly tart, tons of tropical fruit, crisply bitter, earthy. Hops come across as a bit sweaty and dirty.

M - Quite thin in body, almost but not quite watery in feel. Carbonation is medium and quite prickly/tingly.

O - Overall, not a bad pale ale. Lots of tropical hop flavor. Body is bit too thin for my tastes. This would be a great hot weather session beer. It has an overall lightness to it and it goes down super fast and easy. Would be easy to put away a lot of these by the pool.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw with a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose has a bit of breadiness to it. The body is light and the most pleasant thing is that there is a trace of pepper on the finish.

Overall, the flavor profile is slightly more balanced than the “session IPAs” that dominate today’s craft market but it is far less complex than the best APAs available.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden yellow body with a good amount of ambient carbonation plus occasional burps of a big bubble, slight haze, big creamy rocky off-white head that lasts and lasts. Sexy. Smell has a good mixture of tropical fruits with a slightly sweet background. The flavor takes a dive, tastes like pilsner malt and mostly piney hops with a bit of chalk mixed in. Not greatly enjoyable. Kick of bitterness at the end makes it nicely crisp, and the body is perfectly drinkable.
It was a ll good until the flavor. Not sure what happened to the kickass tropical hop aromas when they got turned into the flavor, hard to believe it was the same beer. Everything else was great, so average it all out and this is a decent beer.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard a lot about this for years and the gist is: a great drinking beer, especially for the money, and that about nails it. A very pale color with a light citrusy scent and flavor with a touch of sweetness. This beer will not blow you away but it's very good in every respect. The one beer to have when you're having more than one (sorry Schaefer).

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Photo of sid240
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried SideKick for the first time, poured from bottle into flute glass. Clear appearance; grapefruit and nectarine on the nose slight grassy note. Really enjoyed this beer, you'll definitely get the grapefruit and the slight grassy aroma is a little more pronounce in the mouth. Very well done.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

The first one I had of these was particularly tasty and there was a curious but welcome dry finish to it. Oddly, both have gone away in subsequent cans from the same pack. I thought I had found a new go-to but now I'm getting run of the mill pale ale with a hop profile I don't want. Not getting the citrus or passion fruit they talk about on the can. Will review this better and more specifically with the next can.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, pale straw color with a frothy, white head & a spattering of lacing at the top of the glass. Super fresh tropical nose with pineapple, passion fruit, mandarin, biscuit. Tastes are tropical and fresh with pineapple, passionfruit, biscuity malt, slightly bitter finish. Nice balance. Lighter body adds to it being refreshing. Overall, no wow factor, but it is well crafted and very sessionable for summertime.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too overly impressed with this offering and website doesn't help, but really doesn't seem like a pale ale. Looks too light like in a golden light the head is light and fizzy. I'm thinking blonde. Wish the webside gave some idea about what extra means.
Aroma is the best thing about this beer and there is barely any to begin with. A very faint aroma of earthy and floral hops.
Taste is light and refreshing but also lacks in flavor and body. There barely is any malts and hops. Hops are lean but fresh malts balance well. Finishes course on the palate and ends fry and bitter.
If there was some other beer in the cooler I would consider them before sidekick XPA

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Photo of marcobrau
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of hop flavor in this one, but not much bitterness. Lychee and melon hop flavors dominate. The malt flavor is clean and simple and plays only a supporting role. A lightly fruity finish that echoes the earlier described fruit flavors. The finish is also quite dry, enhancing drinkability.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 10/22/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent light golden; big fluffy white head that fades, but leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are nice and soapy. There's a good amount sweet fruits. I'm picking up some orange peel and some lime zest. There are subtle hints of grapefruit as well. The flavors are good, but seem light. Barely any malts noticeable. The bitterness is extremely low. Mouthfeel has active carbonation. The body is on the lighter side. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's extremely quaffable and easy to drink. It's very refreshing as well.

This isn't my first time having SideKick. It's a very solid pale ale. It's not as bold as some in the respective style, but it does what it's supposed to do. I just wish it had more of a kick. This would be a good option for an environment that only allows cans. This will also hit the spot in the warmer weather. Good brew.

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SideKick Extra Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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